Carl Frampton vows to fight at Windsor before he retires after Gutierrez tickets sell out in minutes
Carl Frampton has apologised to fans who missed out on tickets for his next fight in Belfast against Andres Gutierrez.
The Belfast boxer lost his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz in their rematch in January, and despite wanting to fight him for a third time or challenge Wales' Lee Selby, he instead meets Gutierrez on July 29 at Belfast's SSE Arena.
Can I add that I am deeply sorry for people who missed tickets. It is my objective to box at Windsor & sell it out before I retire. Sorry https://t.co/WYynvL55GD— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) June 15, 2017
Frampton had initially wanted to hold the fight at Windsor Park but at his press conference on Wednesday said "it wasn't to be".
On Thursday, as he apologised to fans who had missed out on tickets, he vowed to "sell it out before I retire".
Tickets went on sale at 10am and sold out in minutes. Frampton's fans who missed out vented their frustrations on social media.
One said: "10.01am and no tickets for Carl Frampton fight. No doubt the touts are about. Will not be going to USA again. Sad fan" another said they were "gutted" at missing out.
Another said: "Travelled the country supporting Barry and Carl and now can't get a ticket for home fight?"
Sharing the Cyclone Promotions statement Frampton added that he was "deeply sorry" for fans who had missed out.
Cyclone Promotions said: "The majority of the tickets for Carl Frampton vs Andres Gutierrez were sold by Ticketmaster and the SSE Arena. The rest have been placed in the hands of the boxers and the inner ringside are being sold by Cyclone. We are very sorry for any fans who missed out this morning.
"For those asking why the fight was not at Windsor Park, both Cyclone and the team at Windsor have worked tirelessly to put this fight on at Windsor Park on 29th July.
"UEFA had agreed a special dispensation for this event working around their pre-existing contract with the IFA to stage the Women’s Under 19 Euro Finals between the 8th and 20th August.
"Following discussions with Windsor Park and the production teams it was found to be logistically impossible to host this event given the constraints. It is our intention to stage an event at Windsor Park next year and we are working with the team at Windsor Park to make this happen.
"An announcement on the broadcaster for July 29 will be made next week.
"Sorry once again to any fans who have missed out on tickets, and thank you for your continued support."
The July fight will be Frampton's first in his hometown since he beat Chris Avalos in February 2015.
Gutierrez, 23, has lost only one of his 37 fights, drawing another, but is yet to compete at world level. He has also only twice fought outside of Mexico, on each occasion doing so in the US.
Belfast Telegraph Digital